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13 of The Best Places for Ice Cream

With all of this sunshine, British people are in desperate need of a cool treat. The go-to snack of the summer is, of course, none other than ice cream. London has the best ice cream to offer with interesting flavours and concepts popping up all the time, here is our guide to the best places for ice cream in the capital. Bombay Bustle What: Indian Sundae Bar Why: Indian ice cream- unfamiliar? Well, here is your chance to expand your sweet tooth. Head to Bombay Bustle in Mayfair for their brand new sundae and dessert bar and discover a menu […]

Openings & Launches

A Bar for Dogs Opens in Chelsea

Everyone loves going for a drink with their best friend, but do you ever go for a drink with your actual best friend? We aren’t talking about your best friend from school, nor the person who props you up on nights out and makes sure you get home in one piece (it’s obvious you’ve been for drinks with them); no, we’re talking about the ones that love you unconditionally, the ones that are always happy to see you, the ones with four legs… your dog. Have you ever been for a drink with your dog? Most likely not, but that […]

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Duck & Waffle’s New ‘Origins’ Menu

Avocado; the most revered and treasured of all the fruits (at least amongst the middle class). Described as the poor man’s butter you can eat it with a spoon, smash it on toast or even chuck it in your brownie recipe but now there is a new way to get your avo fix; in a cocktail. Head of Spirit & Cocktail Development at Duck and Waffle, Rich Woods, is taking single ingredients and finding inventive ways to use every part of them for their new cocktail menu ‘Origins’. The avocado cocktail for example comprises of Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, avocado liqueur, ‘super-dry’ avocado […]

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The Handbook Meets Richard Corrigan

Ahead of the opening of Dickie’s Bar, we caught up with the man behind it, Richard Corrigan. Chef patron of Corrigan’s Mayfair and Bentley’s Sea Grill, he’s won two Michelin stars, numerous awards and has appeared on the likes of Great British Menu and Great British Food Revival. We talk cocktails, secrets to success and how the restaurant industry has changed. You’re opening Dickie’s Bar in June, why did you decide to open a new standalone bar? Quite frankly I have always been a barfly and enjoy an intelligent tipple, also I believe that you need to constantly be evolving […]

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Two Top Chefs, Three Michelin Stars, One Meal

There was a time when kitchens were things of utmost privacy. Prying eyes weren’t allowed near those swinging doors and guests were presented with their plates of food with almost no awareness of what’s gone on behind the scenes up to that point. Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen have a lot to thank for lifting the veil on the professional kitchen; the place of shiny stainless steel, foot-high flames, whites and the occasional swear word (depending on which programme you’re watching…). Nowadays, kitchens seem almost communal places. Chef’s tables are a sought-after destination and chefs themselves are willing to allow others […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

The Afternoon Tea for Meat Lovers

We can’t say we’ve ever walked out of an afternoon tea and not felt ten pounds heavier but sometimes half-hearted sandwiches and soggy scones just don’t satisfy emotionally. And yes, we fully believe afternoon tea is an emotionally-charged experience. Say goodbye to cucumber, farewell to smoked salmon and replace your fillings with the heartiest options of all: get set for the meatiest tea in town. Steak destination, Heliot Steak House are proving that tea doesn’t have to be dainty as they put their spin on sarnies, pastries and drinks. The restaurant have incorporated their signature 28-day aged USDA prime steak […]

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21 of the Best Restaurants for Meat

Vegetarians and vegans divert your eyes now, this guide is about all things meat; where to get the best ribs, steaks, and barbecue. London’s vegetarian and vegan food scene is definitely going, but it’s still at the top of its game when it comes to restaurants that serve up top quality hunks of meat. These are 19 of the best restaurants for meat…

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Moët Party Day is Back

If Champagnes were reimagined as people then Moët & Chandon would be the partier, the Great Gatsby character of the group. They’d have the biggest soirees, everyone would be invited and you’d spend the next day feeling rather sorry for yourself but also rather smug that you were there. And whilst Moët & Chandon is still just a drink, it does have its own day Moët Party Day which is taking place this Saturday. A worldwide event, over seventy countries are getting involved, with forty bars and restaurants across the UK getting ready to pop the corks including several in London. […]

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World Cucumber Day
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Exchange Cucumbers for Free Gin

We’ve just had World Gin Day and now we’re moving onto World Cucumber Day to almost complete the G&T (when is world tonic day?). To celebrate the better half of our favourite cocktail, Hendrick’s gin are exchanging cash for cucumbers as it becomes their currency for one special evening. It might sound a bit bizarre but bear with us, we’re essentially talking a free G&T here… now we’ve got your attention. Everyone knows that cucumber is a key ingredient to a Hendrick’s and tonic and to celebrate their favourite vegetable’s day, they will be giving a free G&T to all fans […]

Openings & Launches

Smoke & Salt Opens in Brixton

Smoke & Salt is on the move. The modern British restaurant is upping sticks from Islington’s Chapel Bar, to take up a permanent home in one of Pop Brixton’s shipping containers. Brought to you by chefs, Remi Williams and Aaron Webster, Smoke & Salt is all about modern dining and ancient techniques. Through curing, smoking and preserving, the guys will be cooking up a daily changing menu of small plates. Dishes are set to include asparagus with whey vinaigrette and ricotta; panelles with spicy ketchup; pork belly with broccoli, pumpkin seeds and London honey; lamb merguez tartare with grilled flatbread […]

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The Gladwin Brothers Launch Weekly Farmers Market

We love a market. Food market, vintage market, night market – we’re not fussy but there’s just something about taking our shopping outdoors that makes the experience so much better than a soulless, overly air conditioned shop. You get up close and personal with the sellers, who have often made/crafted/sourced their wares themselves and get the amazing opportunity to learn about the origins of what you’re buying in a pretty unbeatable way. A handful of restaurants come close to the market experience, creating their menus around seasonal produce and doing their best to translate this to the customer through informative […]

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Mayfair’s New Al Fresco Seafood Shack

It’s only very recently that seafood has got the attention it deserves in the capital. Yes Rick Stein has done his bit (he’s bringing A Taste of Cornwall to The Goring this summer) but there’s so much more to it, in fact there is a whole day dedicated to our love of fish and chips (2nd June was National Fish and Chip Day). One of our favourite seafood restaurants, Bonnie Gull, is expanding for the summer season, spreading its wings from Fitzrovia and Soho over to Mayfair’s Duke Street for an exclusive four month pop-up in the iconic raised gardens. […]

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